Home » 30 Jun 2009 Entries posted on “June 2009”

GA / ZELAYA WRAP

Addressing the General Assembly, ousted Honduran President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales says world leaders have spoken “loud and clear” in voicing their “outrage” over Sunday’s coup d’etat. UNTV

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POLAND / LENDING

The World Bank and Poland renew their partnership strategy for the next four years. Bank lending could reach US $6 billion over the next year supporting Poland through the global financial crisis and beyond. WORLD BANK

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UN / AFGHANISTAN

UN Special Representative for Afghanistan Kai Eide says that the upcoming August election is more than choosing Afghan leaders, but about strengthening the people’s confidence in the democratic process. UNTV / FILE

30 Jun 2009 | Read More »

SUDAN / CPA QAZI

UN Special Representative for Sudan Ashraf Qazi welcomes the American initiative and the commitment of Sudan’s two main political parties together with the international community to continue to cooperate to assist both parties in implementing the CPA. UNMIS

30 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / PEACEKEEPING

Under-Secretary-General Alain Le Roy tells the Security Council that in the current global environment, financial constraints have pressured the department to review the basic models of peacekeeping. Costs, troop numbers, and capability requirements cannot all continue to rise indefinitely he said, and there is “no sign that demand is decreasing.” UNTV / FILE

29 Jun 2009 | Read More »

GA / HONDURAS WRAP

General-Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann calls for the “peaceful restoration” of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, inviting Zelaya to New York to speak to the General Assembly. UNTV

29 Jun 2009 | Read More »

WORLD BANK / CONNECTIVITY

A new World Bank report finds that access to mobile phones and the internet spurs economic growth. The new report highlights how crucial access to information is-as important as basic infrastructure like roads. WORLD BANK

29 Jun 2009 | Read More »

GEORGIA / JUVENILE JUSTICE

UNICEF is working with the Georgian Government to reduce the number of young people entering the country’s criminal justice system. UNICEF

29 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / CMP ART

UN staff members in New York get ready to move out to temporary accommodations this weekend ahead of the historic renovation called the Capital Master Plan (CMP). Over the past year, hundreds of pieces of artwork distributed throughout the compound’s buildings and gardens have been moved, some with great logistical challenges.UNTV

27 Jun 2009 | Read More »

J8 SUMMIT / ADVANCER

Teams of youth from around the world will participate in the young people’s summit (J8) to be held this year in Rome from the 5th – 12th of July, in parallel to the G8 meeting in L’Aquila, Italy. The focus of this year’s J8 will be climate change, the financial crisis, and poverty in Africa [...]

26 Jun 2009 | Read More »

GA / ECONOMIC DECLARATION

The UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development winds down as delegates are expected to adopt a consensus document that would aim to avert another global financial crisis. UNTV

26 Jun 2009 | Read More »

HAITI / ENVIRONMENT

Haitian communities are getting help from the US government to protect their main source of income – fresh water fish. The US$18 million project known as DEED is teaching peasants new strategies to manage natural resources – and preserve the area’s unique biodiversity. MINUSTAH

26 Jun 2009 | Read More »

KOSOVO / POVERTY

Some 30,000 people in Kosovo who identify themselves as belonging to the Roma, Ashkali or Egyptian ethnic groups are living on the fringes of society, often without the identity papers that would entitle them to the benefits available to other citizens – social welfare, unemployment, and even schooling. UNICEF

26 Jun 2009 | Read More »

GA / GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS SUMMIT 2

On the second day of the UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis in New York, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Haiti, Alrich Nicolas, said that the drop in remittances, among other secondary effects of the financial crisis “has jeopardized family social protection networks thereby exposing our country to a near cycle [...]

25 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / LE ROY

After briefing the Security Council on his recent trip to West Africa, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy comments on the planned drawdown of the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia (UNMIL), and on preparations for long-delayed elections in Cote d’Ivoire, now scheduled for 29 November 2009. UNTV / FILE

25 Jun 2009 | Read More »

GA / GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS SUMMIT 1

Delegates gather for the second day of the UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis, with Ecuador’s President Raphael Correa Delgado calling to redefine the global financial system and, “liberate the blackmail to which the rich countries have subjected us.” UNTV / FILE

25 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / SEXUAL VIOLENCE WRAP

Ahead of an informal Security Council briefing by peace negotiators and experts, former UN Under-Secretary-General Jan Egeland said that one year after Security Council resolution 1820 defined rape as a war crime, “the outrage continues.” He called sexual violence against women in conflict, “maybe one of the biggest conspiracies of silence.” UNTV / FILE

24 Jun 2009 | Read More »

GA / GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS SUMMIT

Addressing the conference on the Global Financial and Economic Crisis, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns that despite signs of financial stabilization and growth in some countries, the consequences could stretch for years for developing nations. UNTV

24 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN/ ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA REPORT

Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Supachai Panitchpakdi launches UNCTAD’s report Economic Development in Africa 2000 – strengthening regional economic integration for Africa’s Development. In the report, economists define the conditions under which African countries can unite to achieve the continent’s true potential for trade and economic growth. UNTV

24 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / WORLD DRUG REPORT ADVANCER

The World Drug Report 2009 says that cocaine and cannabis markets are flat or decreasing and synthetic drugs are on the rise. UNODC Director Antonio Costa calls for greater investment in drug treatment and crime control. UNTV / FILE

24 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / MIDDLE EAST

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry to address the monthly Middle East briefing to the Security Council. UNTV

23 Jun 2009 | Read More »

NEW YORK / BLOOMBERG CLIMATE CHANGE

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hold a press conference to highlight a global Summit for world leaders and other major events this fall aimed at encouraging a successful outcome to the negotiations for a new global deal on climate change this December in Copenhagen. UNTV

23 Jun 2009 | Read More »

WORLD FINANCIAL CRISIS SUMMIT / ADVANCER

Ahead of a UN summit that will consider the effect of the world economic crisis on poor countries, General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto Brockman says the goal of the event is not to “point fingers”, but for UN member states to take on joint responsibility as the “G-192″. Several heads of state are expected to [...]

23 Jun 2009 | Read More »

SUDAN / REFUGEES

Warm colors of beaded artwork crafted by refugees were on display and traditional Ethiopian coffee was brewed over the weekend in celebration of World Refugee Day. Sudan is host to an estimated 185,000 Eritrean refugees, 16,500 refugees from neighboring Ethiopia and several thousand more from other countries in the region. UNMIS

23 Jun 2009 | Read More »

WASHINGTON D.C. / GLOBAL ECONOMIC GROWTH

A new report from the World Bank warns that the globe is entering a new era of slower growth. The World Bank’s new Global Development Finance Report for 2009 looks at the prospects for an end to the world-wide downturn and the long-term effects it will leave behind. WORLD BANK

22 Jun 2009 | Read More »

HAITI / ELECTIONS

Few people turned out to vote on Sunday in the second round of senatorial elections. Three people were injured and one person was killed in clashes between rival political party supporters. MINUSTAH

22 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe tells the Security Council that although the problems in the Central African Republic (CAR) are “huge”, he is convinced that the UN can help move the country towards a solution. UNTV

22 Jun 2009 | Read More »

VIENNA / ENERGY CONFERENCE

Ways to secure sustainable policies and investments to allow a shift towards a low-carbon “green economy” driven by “green industry” are the focus of the three-day international energy conference that opened in the Austrian capital. Linx / UNIDO

22 Jun 2009 | Read More »

HAITI / VOODOO ART

To step in the “Gallery Isidor” of Jean Baptiste Jean Joseph is like a deep breath in Haiti’s culture. The artist stands out among the new generation of voodoo flag makers by making finely beaded pieces. MINUSTAH

20 Jun 2009 | Read More »

COTE D'IVOIRE / TETANUS

Tetanus, a bacteria that thrives on dirt and rust, generally enters the body through cuts on the skin from infected sharp objects. Add this to other infectious diseases and lack of adequate health services, the national infant mortality rate in Cote d’Ivoire reaches 89out of 1000 live births. UNICEF

20 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / LIBERMAN

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman after meeting with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations, tells reporters that Israel is ready to begin peace talks with Palestinians without preconditions.

19 Jun 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / DISASTER RISK REDUCTION

A major disaster risk reduction conference ended in Geneva today with participants proposing significant targets aimed at cutting deaths and economic losses brought on by disasters. UNTV / FILE

19 Jun 2009 | Read More »

KENYA / WORLD'S LARGEST REFUGEE CAMP

Dadaab Refugee camp in Northern Kenya is the largest refugee camp in the world. All 279,000 registered refugees receive food from United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) distributions, and depend on WFP for almost all their food needs. WFP

19 Jun 2009 | Read More »

ZIMBABWE / HEALTH SERVICES

As Zimbabwe emerges from a total collapse of its health services, UNICEF and its partners work together immunizing vulnerable children against diseases like polio and measles. UNICEF

19 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / RES. 1820 ANNIVERSARY — VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Friday, 18 June marks one year since the 15-member Council unanimously adopted resolution 1820 (2008), which noted that, “rape and other forms of sexual violence can constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity or a constitutive act with respect to genocide.” FILE

18 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / FALKLANDS (MALVINAS)

Argentina’s foreign minister Jorge Taiana tells a UN meeting on decolonization that full Argentine sovereignty over the Falklands (Malvinas) and surrounding maritime areas responds to “a collective yearn, permanent and un-relinquishable, of the people of the Argentine nation.” UNTV

18 Jun 2009 | Read More »

CHINA / FORECAST

In its latest forecast, the World Bank has raised its economic growth forecasts for China but says it’s too early to say a robust sustained recovery is on the way. WORLD BANK

18 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / IRAQ

Briefing the Security Council for his last time as the head of the UN mission in Iraq (UNAMI), Staffan de Mistura says the mission has “contributed to Iraq assuming a new standing among the world community as an increasingly stable and sovereign nation.” UNTV

18 Jun 2009 | Read More »

GEORGIA / MINE RISK AWARENESS

UNICEF’s Mine Risk Education programme aims to teach nearly 50-thousand young people in the Gori region about the risks mines in war-affected areas. UNICEF

18 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / KOSOVO

UN Special Envoy for Kosovo Lamberto Zannier to brief the Council on the Secretary-General’s latest report, which welcomes the assumption of full operational capability by European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) and says that he is encouraged by the level of cooperation between the UN Mission UNMIK and EULEX on the ground. [...]

17 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / MACHEL REPORT WRAP

A ten-year review of the Machel Report says that one billion children live in countries or territories affected by armed conflict – almost one sixth of the total world population. The report also says that with the changing nature of armed conflict, the impact of war on children is more brutal than ever. UNICEF

17 Jun 2009 | Read More »

DR CONGO / SOUTH KIVU RETURNEES

Humanitarian agencies in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are urgently appealing for thirty-eight million U.S. dollars to provide life-saving assistance to some one million civilians affected by violence and insecurity in the east. The DRC remains one of the highest refugee producing countries in the world. In the late 90′s, hundreds of thousands of [...]

17 Jun 2009 | Read More »

ARMENIA / WATER SUPPLY

With support from the World Bank, Armenia’s water treatment plants and pumping stations around the country are being renovated or rebuilt. It’s a welcome relief for thousands of Armenians whose water system has been decrepit for years. WORLD BANK

17 Jun 2009 | Read More »

ARMENIA / HEATING

Armenia is helping its low income citizens through its Urban Heating Project which provides heat to poor households and schools. WORLD BANK

16 Jun 2009 | Read More »

GA / HIV AND AIDS DECLARATION WRAP

Addressing the General Assembly’s review of progress and challenges in the global AIDS response, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says there is encouraging progress but there are still nearly five new infections for every two people put on treatment. UNTV

16 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / CYBER-HATE

Opening a seminar at headquarters on Cyber Hate: Danger in Cyber Space,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that while the internet has transformed the way we live and work, a few dark alleys remain along the information superhighway. “There are those who use information technology to reinforce stereotypes, to spread misinformation and to propagate hate.” UNTV [...]

16 Jun 2009 | Read More »

CONGO / CHILD SURVIVAL

In a remote village in Congo, a mobile team of health workers arrive to vaccinate, treat diseases and provide advice on hygiene. The challenge in many remote communities is the lack of health facilities, but even those that do have access, struggle to get treated. UNICEF

16 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / REFUGEE STATISTICS REPORT

The UN Refugee Agency releases a report showing that the number of people forcibly uprooted by conflict and persecution worldwide now stands at 42 million people. This is a drop of about 700,000 over the previous year, but UNHCR says that new displacements this year – in countries such as Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Somalia [...]

16 Jun 2009 | Read More »

HAITI / STREET CHILDREN

A group of priests are giving support to some of Haiti’s poorest children in Port-au-Prince. MINUSTAH

15 Jun 2009 | Read More »

ARMENIA / HEALTH

A modernization project in Armenian supported by the World Bank is giving the public greater access to better health, through upgrading the country’s hospitals and medical clinics. WORLD BANK

15 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / CLINTON

Former U.S. president and newly appointed Special Envoy for Haiti Bill Clinton says that, “Haiti now has the best chance to escape the darker aspects of history.” UNTV

15 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / GLOBAL HEALTH FORUM

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan comment on the H1N1 pandemic and maternal health, U.S. President Obama’s policies on healthcare, and the Iran elections. UNTV

15 Jun 2009 | Read More »

VIENNA / ELBARADEI

IAEA Director-General Mohammed ElBaradei says he is “greatly concerned” at North Korea’s recent nuclear test, calling this a step in the wrong direction at a time of hope for nuclear disarmament. He also reports on Iran and says he hopes it will “respond to the US initiative with an equal gesture of goodwill and trust [...]

15 Jun 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / LULA

Addressing the Human Rights Council in Geneva, President Lula of Brazil says he wants the international economic crisis to lead to an international system that rewards production rather than speculation. UNTV

15 Jun 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / PILLAY

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay reiterates calls for a “credible, independent, transparent” investigation into allegations of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law during the war in Gaza at the beginning of the year. UNTV

15 Jun 2009 | Read More »

SOUTHERN SUDAN / ATTACKS

Twenty-seven boats carrying 735 metric tons of WFP food were attacked by an armed group on Friday (11 June). The food was loaded in Nassir County, Malakal in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State, and was destined for Akobo County in Jonglei State for distribution to 19,000 internally displaced people. WFP

15 Jun 2009 | Read More »

DR CONGO / CLARK ELECTIONS

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark visits voter registration centers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Clark, on her first trip to Africa as UNDP Administrator, has already visited Liberia and will arrive in Ethiopia later this week. UNDP

15 Jun 2009 | Read More »

WORLD REFUGEE DAY / JOLIE

The UN refugee agency releases the new Angelina Jolie public service announcement (PSA) ahead of World Refugee Day (20 June). UNHCR

15 Jun 2009 | Read More »

BALI / FISHERMEN

UNDP works with local fishermen in Bali in effort to make their fishing more sustainable. UNDP

13 Jun 2009 | Read More »

SUDAN / ABYEI ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Around 10,000 people have returned to Abeyi following the fierce fighting between Sudanese forces last year (May 2008) which left 100 dead and thousands displaced. The town, which lies at the centre of an oil-rich area, continues to be in discord, even after the signing of a Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which brought peace after [...]

13 Jun 2009 | Read More »

LIBERIA / UNDP CLARK

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark traveled to Liberia where she met with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Johnson and visited UNDP projects. UNDP

12 Jun 2009 | Read More »

DR CONGO / FOOD DROP

The World Food Programme has airdropped more than 500 Metric tons of food into Dungu, in the North-Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since mid-May to reach more than 130,000 displaced people and their host families cut off by heavy seasonal rains. WFP

12 Jun 2009 | Read More »

NEW YORK / FCB PHOTO EXHIBIT

This week UNICEF partners FC Barcelona, fresh from their 2009 Champion League victory, brought a different sort of trophy to UNICEF house. It was a testament to the work being done to support some of the world’s most vulnerable children. UNICEF

12 Jun 2009 | Read More »

DR CONGO / REFUGEES

Following a joint Congolese-Rwandan operation to disarm FDLR by force earlier this year, the rebels are now retaliating against the local civilian population. The UN refugee agency estimates 370,000 Congolese have left their homes since January. Both government soldiers and rebels are accused of targeting innocent civilians, like Fatuma Kapuweli. UNHCR

12 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / NORTH KOREA VOTE

The U.N. Security Council votes unanimously on a draft resolution which will expand sanctions against North Korea for its recent nuclear test and weapons program. UNTV

12 Jun 2009 | Read More »

ARMENIA / AID

The World Bank has a new Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for Armenia for 2009-2012. The CPS is the main assistance framework at the country level, which will guide the World Bank’s interventions in Armenia until 2012WORLD BANK

12 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / TREKI IRAN

Commenting on the election in Iran, newly elected GA president Ali Abdussalam Treki says the election should be respected, as well as the results. UNTV

12 Jun 2009 | Read More »

HAITI / HURRICANE SEASON

Haiti’s northern city of Gonaives is struggling to prepare itself for this year’s hurricane season. Still recovering from last year’s deadly hurricanes – mud drapes the city, garbage clogs many drainage canals leaving pools of dirty water – and the rains have not yet begun. MINUSTAH

12 Jun 2009 | Read More »

DR CONGO / CHILD LABOR

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, children work with family members crushing rocks into gravel in the mine dumps. The town of Kipushi, once thriving with private mining companies, is now suffering from the dramatic fall in the price of minerals caused by the global financial crisis. (World Day Against Child Labour is Friday, 12 [...]

11 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / BAN KI-MOON

Commenting on the new phase 6 level pandemic of the H1N1 virus, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says there is, “no cause for alarm as this new virus has not been as severe, but we must be watchful.” UNTV

11 Jun 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / PHASE 6

The World Health Organization declares an H1N1 flu pandemic – the first in 41 years – as infections climb around the globe. UNTV / FILE

11 Jun 2009 | Read More »

COTE D’IVOIRE / LE ROY

Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy arrives in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire as part of a three-day trip to West Africa. ONUCI

11 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / SUDAN WRAP

Following his May visit to Sudan, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes briefs the Security Council and says that while the Sudanese Government has taken some positive steps, humanitarian gaps still remain since their expulsion of thirteen NGOs back in March. UNTV / UNMIS

11 Jun 2009 | Read More »

WFP / ECONOMIC SHOCK AND HUNGER INDEX (ESHI)

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) announces the results of a ground-breaking five-country study on the effects the financial crisis is having on families, many of whom were already going hungry. FILE

11 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / SIERRA LEONE

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commends Sierra Leone for “rising above differences” during a recent outbreak of political violence, but says the crisis showed that seven years after the end of the civil war, global support is still needed for Sierra Leoneans to “see and feel the dividends of peace.” UNTV / UNICEF / FAO

10 Jun 2009 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / DDR

The demobilization of Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) combatants in southern Sudan under the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) program kicks off today in the regional capital of Juba. UNMIS

10 Jun 2009 | Read More »

GEORGIA / EDUCATION

In Georgia, where many teachers still conduct their classes using methods developed during the former Soviet era, UNICEF is helping to improve early childhood education. In pilot classes, teachers trained in new methods are offering children more interactive and dynamic early learning environments. UNICEF

10 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / NORTH KOREA

The United States on behalf of the P5 +2 group tables a draft resolution in the Security Council which US Ambassador Susan Rice describes as a “very strong, very appropriate and very credible” response to North Korea’s long range nuclear ballistic test in May. UNTV

10 Jun 2009 | Read More »

GA / ELECTION

Ali Abdessalam Treki of Libya is elected President of the 64th session of the General Assembly. Treki was elected by acclamation and not by a vote. UNTV

10 Jun 2009 | Read More »

CAMEROON / REFUGEES

Fleeing violence in the Central African Republic, tens of thousands of people have taken refuge in neighbouring Cameroon. Clans from the Mbororo tribe are living in about 70 settlements along the 1200 kilometre border. These nomadic herdsmen have lived in the region for centuries, but now they and their way of life, is under attack. [...]

10 Jun 2009 | Read More »

DR CONGO / VOTER REGISTRATION

As a first step on the road toward holding local elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Independent Electoral Committee supported by the UNDP and the UN have begun registering new voters and checking the data of voters already registered. UNDP

9 Jun 2009 | Read More »

WEST BANK / VIOLENCE

UNICEF is working with local partners in Nablus, and the wider West Bank to provide psychological support to Palestinians so that they can deal with the effects of constant violence. UNICEF

9 Jun 2009 | Read More »

PAKISTAN / PREGNANT DISPLACED

The UN estimates that nearly 70,000 of the war refugees from Swat are pregnant. More than 250 give birth every day, with as many as 40 facing life-threatening complications that call for skilled medical help. UNFPA

9 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / NORTH KOREA

Commenting on a new resolution imposing further sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, US Ambassador Susan Rice says the negotiations are productive and intense but, “we are not done yet.” UNTV

9 Jun 2009 | Read More »

HORN OF AFRICA / HUNGER CRISIS

The World Food Programme (WFP) warns that millions of people in the Horn of Africa are once again facing a deadly mix of persistent drought, poor seasonal rains, conflict, and the cost of food which remains high in many developing countries. WFP

9 Jun 2009 | Read More »

AFGHANISTAN / FLOODING

So far this year, it has been estimated that over 110,000 people have been affected by seasonal flooding in Afghanistan. Many have had to leave their homes of which thousands have been totally or partially destroyed and are now unsafe. WFP

8 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / OMAR BONGO

Africa’s longest-serving leader, Gabon’s president Omar Bongo, has died after more than 40 years in power. FILE

8 Jun 2009 | Read More »

PAKISTAN / PREGNANT DISPLACED

Millions of people are displaced by the conflict in northern Pakistan. The upheaval has been violent and swift – and especially terrifying for pregnant women. UNICEF

8 Jun 2009 | Read More »

CHAD / C.A.R. REFUGEES

Since January, UNHCR reports that more than 16,000 refugees from Central African Republic (CAR) have fled to neighboring Chad. The ongoing civil war in CAR has pushed tens of thousands of refugees to flee and another 113,000 have been brutally uprooted and are displaced inside their own country. UNHCR

8 Jun 2009 | Read More »

SOUTH SUDAN / CENSUS

The Southern Sudan Centre for Census, Statistics and Evaluation officially announces the results for Sudan’s fifth population and housing census, and questions some of the census results recently released in Khartoum. UNMIS

8 Jun 2009 | Read More »

HAITI / ATIS REZISTANS

In Grande Rue, one of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods of Haiti’s capital Port au Prince, the “Artist Resistance Movement” lets local kids experiment with different styles and mediums to create art. Founding artist Andre Eugene’s own idiosyncratic wood and nail sculptures, created with recycled objects and human sculls, have been shown in art galleries in [...]

6 Jun 2009 | Read More »

PAKISTAN / FOOD AID

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is facing a shortfall in its US$170 million budget for its Pakistan operation, even as it anticipates increased numbers of hungry people. WFP

5 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / SRI LANKA

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to reporters after briefing an informal closed meeting of the Security Council on his recent trip to Sri Lanka. UNTV

5 Jun 2009 | Read More »

MEXICO / WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

At the main observance of this year’s World Environment Day (5 June) in Mexico, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Achim Steiner says “we only have seven years left in which we were meant to stabilize the emissions on this planet and the opposite is happening right now”. UNIC MEXICO

5 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / ICC SUDAN

ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo briefs the Security Council on the indictment of Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, saying that “we are at a crossroads. The next six months will be crucial”. UNTV

5 Jun 2009 | Read More »

CHAD / ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES

They survived the violence in Darfur, but now they are waging a daily battle with the environment. The quarter million Darfuri refugees exiled in eastern Chad wrestle each day with how to survive with a minute amount of water, food, and fuel. The UN refugee agency attempts to manage extremely scarce resources in an effort [...]

5 Jun 2009 | Read More »

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY / ADVANCER

Mexico will be the main venue for this year’s global observance of World Environment Day (5 June), which is dedicated to climate change as part of the Secretary-General’s campaign to “seal a deal” on a follow-on agreement to the Kyoto Protocol by the end of the year. UNEP / UNIC MEXICO / UNTV

4 Jun 2009 | Read More »

HAITI / HURRICANE SEASON

Hurricane season began on 1 June and while experts predict that this year will be less fierce than last year, UNICEF and The European Commission Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) are stepping up their efforts to provide support for the people of Haiti. Nearly 800 people were killed and about 800,000 people displaced in the storms [...]

4 Jun 2009 | Read More »

SUDAN / HUMAN RIGHTS

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Sudan, says that despite some positive developments, she remains concerned about cases of arbitrary arrests, detention and ill-treatment and torture by security forces, and urges the Government of National Unity and the international community to help southern Sudan deal tribal conflict. UNMIS

4 Jun 2009 | Read More »

IAEA / MEDICAL RADIATION

Advances in medical imaging are allowing doctors to detect hidden disease and make more accurate diagnoses. But experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) say that over use of high-tech scanning procedures may unnecessarily expose patients to increased radiation. IAEA

4 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / ICC WRAP

Ahead of his briefing to the UN Security Council Friday, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Luis Moreno-Ocampo talks about the impact of the ICC’s indictment of Sudanese President al-Bashir. Omer Ismail of the NGO Darfur Peace and Development tells reporters at UN headquarters that ”the victim is not Bashir” but the people of [...]

4 Jun 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / NAVI PILLAY

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay updates the Human Rights Council in Geneva on the conditions of civilians in armed conflicts around the world. She calls for an independent investigation into the high rate of civilian casualties in Afghanistan and also urges “unfettered access” to internally displaced people in Sri Lanka. UNTV

4 Jun 2009 | Read More »

UN / ICTY

The President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) tells the Security Council that if fugitive war criminals Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadzic are not brought to justice, this “will leave a stain on the Security Council’s contribution to peacebuilding in the former Yugoslavia”. ICTY Prosecutor Serge Brammertz and the Prime Minister [...]

4 Jun 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / U.S. CIVILIAN DEATHS

The UN Special Rapporteur on unlawful executions, Philip Alston calls for the United States government to set up an independent investigation into the killing of civilians by military personnel, private contractors and civilian intelligence agents in other countries and to improve transparency and accountability on civilian casualties. UNTV

3 Jun 2009 | Read More »

GENEVA / KENYA

UN Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Philip Alston urges Kenya to adequately acknowledge and address “a major problem” with extrajudicial killings. Kenya says it does not condone unlawful executions and is taking legislative action to combat them. UNTV

3 Jun 2009 | Read More »

PAKISTAN / DISPLACED EDUCATION

The large majority of the two and a half million people displaced by the conflict in northern Pakistan are staying with increasingly over-burdened relatives and friends and in makeshift shelters in schools and other government buildings. A big part of UNICEF’s emergency response is to ensure that their right to be educated is not disrupted. [...]

3 Jun 2009 | Read More »

GA / CLIMATE CHANGE

The UN General Assembly adopts a resolution linking climate change to international peace and security. Introducing the resolution on behalf of a group of Pacific Small Island Developing States, Nauru Ambassador Marlene Moses reminds delegates that some Pacific countries “are in danger of losing their populations and land as a whole” due to rising sea [...]

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MOLDOVA / REMITTANCES

Moldova is being hard hit by a decline in remittances caused by the global financial crisis. Despite recent economic reforms, Moldova remains the poorest in Europe and it’s clear that declining remittances could have a large impact on families trying to cope with the economic downturn. WORLD BANK

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UN / SILVAN SHALOM

Silvan Shalom, Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Development of Israel to hold a press encounter after a meeting with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UNTV

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COTE D’IVOIRE / UNREGISTERED CHILDREN

UNICEF estimates that between six and nine out of ten children in northern and northwestern Cote d’Ivoire are not registered at birth, which means that later on they will not be able to take state exams and continue their schooling. UNICEF has developed a plan that would work on a strategic national level to register [...]

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PAKISTAN / DISPLACED

The war on the Taliban has been rough on the local population in Swabi District, south of the Swat Valley. Thousands left their houses, possessions and sometimes loved ones behind as they fled the conflict zone. Most are now staying with relatives or squatting in public and private vacant buildings. UNTV / PAKISTAN ARMED FORCES [...]

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HAITI / ECO-TOILETS

In Haiti, a woman’s group has built 45 'dry toilets’ over the last two years to help poor communities remove dangerous waste from their neighborhood. The proponents of this simple technology also believe that reclaiming just half of Haiti’s human waste for use as fertilizer would allow the country to produce 17 times more agricultural [...]

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UN / NORTH KOREA

US Ambassador Susan Rice and Japanese Ambassador Yukio Takasu say they expect UN Security Council talks following the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s nuclear test last week to result in a “worthy and strong” resolution. UNTV

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SUDAN / PARTY REGISTRATIONS

Hundreds of Sudanese affiliated to different political parties witness the issuance of registration certificates to 37 parties in Sudan’s capital Khartoum. Party representatives see today’s event as a big step in Sudan’s electoral process. So far 69 parties have been registered. UNMIS

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UN / EHUD BARAK

Israel’s Defense Minister, Ehud Barak meets with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and tells journalists that he thinks Israel doesn’t have to cooperate with the independent team of investigators tasked by the United Nations Human Rights Council with examining alleged rights abuses and violations of international law during the recent conflict in Gaza. UNTV

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INDIA / ECONOMIC CRISIS

India’s Bihar state is already one of the poorest states in India and has been visited by a new cascade of calamities. Flood victims were still trying to pick up the pieces of their destroyed lives when they started to feel the impact of the economic downturn that is now ricocheting around South Asia. UNICEF

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ETHIOPIA / MALNUTRITION

At Boricha District’s Yirba Health Center in southern Ethiopia, mothers from surrounding drought-affected villages have brought their children to be weighed and measured, after which they will receive their weekly ration of the ready-to-use therapeutic food Plumpy’nut supplied by UNICEF with the support of the European Commission’s Office for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO). UNICEF

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